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Spinach and Chickpea Curry

Scott Phillips

Servings: 4 as a side dish

This hearty side tastes as if it’s been simmering for hours, but it comes together quickly with canned tomatoes and chickpeas. Serve it with chicken and some warm naan.


  • 3 Tbs. canola oil
  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbs. curry powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14-1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 7 oz. (7 packed cups) baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 360
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 150
  • Fat (g): 16
  • Saturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 4.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8
  • Cholesterol (mg): 5
  • Sodium (mg): 890
  • Carbohydrates (g): 43
  • Fiber (g): 13
  • Protein (g): 14


  • Heat the oil in a 12-inch sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, ginger, curry powder, garam masala, and cayenne, and cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chickpeas, tomatoes, and 1-1/4 tsp. salt. Add the spinach by the handful, stirring  to wilt it as you go. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the spinach is completely wilted and the flavors have melded, 4 to 5 minutes more. Season to taste with more salt. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cilantro.
  • Spoon onto a platter, and serve with the yogurt for dolloping on top.


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Reviews (13 reviews)

  • twood | 04/28/2018

    Quick to make. Very flavorful. Wonderful weeknight meal!!!

  • CA_HILLS | 01/02/2017

    This is a great weeknight dish. Fast, simple, flavorful, and FULL of healthy veggies. I like to serve with fine cooking tandoori chicken, but this dish can also stand alone as a main if served with rice.

  • jenorm | 03/31/2016

    This was surprisingly good! I followed the recipe exactly and when I went to taste it before serving (expecting to have to adjust seasonings, etc.), I couldn't believe how perfect it was! Made for a great meatless meal with some garlic naan.

  • grlup | 01/22/2015

    Fabulous! Quick and easy. A definite keeper!

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